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Scenic Falls, Hamilton, Ontario

This image of Scenic Falls Hamilton Ontario is one of the more challenging images that I have created in quite a while. The sun was quite harsh on the top half of the hill and I was down in some pretty dark shadows.This drastic dynamic range made it a perfect candidate for HDR. I set out by capturing a 5 image/5 f-stop  sequence. With the lack of colour at this time of year I made sure to use a circular polarizer to bring out as much colour as possible. As well, since the flow of water was quite slight on this visit I stacked on a variable neutral density filter to cut out light. Doing this allowed me to have rather long exposures which gives the appearance of a greater flow of water.

Post Processing

All of my images are initially downloaded from the memory card to my hard drive using Adobe Lightroom 4.  For this image, 5 initial images were combined using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 then to finish adjustments to various colour values and saturation were made, as well a slight vignette was added.


  • Location: Scenic Falls, Hamilton
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Lens: Canon 24-70L
  • Focal Length: 24mm
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Shutter Speed: 2.5 sec., 5 sec., 8 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering
  • Tripod: Manfrotto 055CL
  • Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead


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